The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), in collaboration with Population Matters, a UK-based charity and with support from the Lagos State Government hosts the World Population Day event, tagged ‘Population and Sustainability in Nigeria and beyond'.
It is our belief that unsustainable population is a global problem which must be addressed in both developed world countries, where population growth may be low but consumption and global environmental impact are high, and in countries of the Global South where the global impact is low but population growth may be high. Therefore, the campaign is to achieve a sustainable human population, to protect the natural world and improve people’s lives.
The aim of this event is to create awareness and generate public discussion that will address both global population and the impacts of growth in Nigeria; interfacing with stakeholders in examining local solutions; examining how Nigeria can contribute towards international policy initiatives to address unsustainable population.
According to the United Nations, by 2050 the global population will be 9.7bn and the Nigerian population more than 400m. By the middle of the century, Nigeria will overtake the US as the world’s third most populous country. These figures are the UN’s main, medium variant, projections. With 95% certainty, it projects a global population in the range between 9.4 and 10.1 billion in 2050, and between 9.4 and 12.7 billion in 2100 (with a medium projection of 10.9bn).
However, if global fertility rates differ by half-a-child per woman than the medium projection, the global population will be significantly different. With half-a-child less, there would be 8.9 bn by 2050 and decline to 7.3 bn people by 2100 – a smaller population than today. Conversely, with half-a-child more than the median projection, there would be 10.6 bn by 2050 and as many as 15.6 bn by 2100. The future population is thus extremely dependent on the actions taken to address fertility and these projections should not be taken as predictions.
The event will be taking place on Thursday, 11th July 2019 at Lekki Conservation Foundation at 9:00am.
Expected to speak at this maiden edition are His Excellency Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Lagos State Governor; Barrister Bimbola Salu-Hundeyin, Hon Federal Commissioner, National Population Commission; Dr Muhtari Aminu-Kano, Director General, Nigerian Conservation Foundation; Mr. Robin Maynard, Director, Population Matters, UK; Mrs. Temitope Okunnu, CEO, Foundation for a Better Environment (FABE); Mr. Abiodun Bamgboye, Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of the Environment; and Mrs Flora Adamma Oni, Director Tourism, Lagos State Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
Others expected to be in attendance are students of Tertiary Institutions in Lagos, NCF corporate and individual members and the media.
For further information, please visit https://populationmatters.org/world-population-day-2019-lagos.